“‘Ram Naam Ras Pije’ is a composition by Meera bai, an ancient Indian mystic poet and saint,” said Nagavalli. “I grew up learning and singing her Bhajans (devotional compositions) in India. When I decided to record an album of Indian spiritual music, it was a natural choice to include a Meera Bhajan. Meera is quintessential Bhakti, absolute immersion in her love for Krishna, in her love for the divine. Also, her defiance of prevalent social norms and the courage to follow her conscience is an inspiration to humankind, beyond religious and cultural boundaries.”
Nagavalli’s music, described as “Eastern soul with delicate touches of pop, rock, trance and pure Eastern tradition” blends Western melodies and instruments with traditional Eastern overtones, vocals, sitar and percussion. The result is executed with such power and emotion that Valli’s music is unique, yet familiar and it often results in the listener achieving a state of meditative tranquility.
“Immersion” is a back-to-roots journey for Nagavalli, channeling the spiritual and devotional quality of traditional Indian music. As the title of the record suggests, it is meant to have an immersive, meditative quality that is only enhanced by a continuous format, as each song seamlessly transition together. However, listeners will still have the ability to skip between tracks.